Every once in a while you get the chance to roll in the sweet green grass of unexpected perfection. Neither of us knew anything about Snus Hill Winery before our trip to Madrid, Iowa. The winery is located just one mile north of highway 210 between Madrid and Slater, so we found it the perfect place to chill while we waited for the hottest part of the day to pass. A soft breeze from the east cooled the covered porch as we settled in with glasses of delicious Edelweiss and crisps. Looking out at the big red barns, rows of crops and distant grain elevators gave me the ‘back home’ feeling of sitting on the big porch at the three generation family farm.
The name of the winery pays homage to the Swedish ancestor who was first in a line of four generations to farm the land. We were told that Mr. Larson, who purchased the land in 1878, liked his Snus tobacco. The winery’s cat logo honors two beloved Burmese cats. I found it fun to discover that the name of their State Fair Double Gold award winning Spinna white table wine is a combined reference of Swedish origin. Spinna means both to purr and to create from a fundamental seed – charming and appropriate.